Late Night Eats in TO

The original late night place to eat in Toronto was Frans, a classic, big old style greasy spoon.  The original location at 20 College street is still there, still open 24/7/365.  Frans has expanded and has 3 locations to satisfy your late night grilled cheese and french fry cravings.

Another more ubiquitous option has popped up all over town: the hot dog stand.  These aren’t your old fashioned boiled wieners.  These carts have actual gas grills with a good selection of hot dogs and sausages with tons of great condiments to slather over your dog of choice.

The other even more ubiquitous option is Pizza Pizza Toronto’s pizza chain of choice. They have a the usual selection of toppings plus some unusual ones like Chipotle Chicken or Pulled Pork.  It is often hard to find just a plain cheese slice that us New Yorkers crave in the meat heavy pizza landscape of Toronto.

Mehran Restaurant on Church street seems to always be open.  I never had chance to eat here, but it’s open late, well located and who wouldn’t want a late night samosa to soak up all that good Canadian beer?

My favorite place to go, that’s just around the corner from The Pantages Hotel where I am staying is Ali Baba’s they have one of the best Falafel I’ve ever eaten.  Like in Berlin they fold up the Falafel and grill it so it’s a hot, crunchy, savory, bundled of joy when you get it.  Ali Baba’sis open late (check for the locationnearest you the one I went to on Church street on the weekends was open at 2 and 3 in the morning contrary to what their website says so you might want to call) and also has a very aromatic selection of curries and other middle eastern delights if you want to stray off the Falafel path!

These are just a few places that I noticed or ate at during my late night wanderings, but Toronto these days is a late night place to be with lots of places to satisfy your cravings.  If you have any suggestions of places I missed and you think are must eat at places please let me know!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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